I have checked with ‘Site Analytics’ and in the last 30 days the site has had over 1,000 visitors, which makes the effort worthwhile and I hope that the site has proved useful in encouraging people to explore their local area.
This is specifically designed to support the activities of
the Forge Mill Needle Museum http://www.forgemill.org.uk/
from the point of view of the volunteers at the museum who are active in
promoting the Abbey ruins.
Next year we are planning to have a special weekend; Bordesley Weekend’, linked to the ‘Festival of Archaeology; organised by the Council for British Archaeology http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/
I have now completed the update of the walks on the www.redditchwalks.org.uk website with the five town walks. These are five walks covering a walk around the town centre and four walks starting at the centre and encompassing the areas to the North, South, East and West of the centre.
To coincide with the exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History’, I decided that I needed to update 3 history walks I created for the Arrow Valley Park at http://www.redditchwalks.org.uk/arrow.htm
I did a quick update to these walks into the new format which I have changed to but there were some problems. Particularly I created the PDF download files from a mix of A3 and A4 files. This meant that the pdf file was a bit ‘problematic’.
I have now resolved this and the download works as planned and can be printed individually as a 2-sided A4 sheet which can be folded into an A5 document. (see image)
I have completely redesigned the Redditch Walks website, as part of my www.exploreredditch.org.uk websites, to give an improved usability and make it more suitable for small screen applications such as smart phones.
To simplify the site, I have decided to concentrate on the five walks starting at the town centre and the three walks covering the Arrow Valley park area.
For the moment the relevant walks have not been updated and some are seriously out of date since they were produced in 2010. However, I am currently working on these in a new format and design and they will be available soon and, at least, during 2018.
Walks other than the town and Arrow Valley walks which I have produced will not be updated but will still be available for download in the ‘Resources’ section. These may be out of date and are provided on an ‘as-is’ basis
I have also included the four walks produced by the Redditch Development Corporation in the 1970s in their original format and four walks around the Arrow Valley Park produced by the RDC. These are available in the ‘Resources’ section and, again, provided on an ‘as-is’ basis.
The updates to my Town (5 walks) and Arrow Valley (3 walks) will be announced in my Explore Redditch ‘blog’ when I have made significant revisions.
This is the last of my four ‘Explore Redditch’ (www.exploreredditch.org.uk) websites to be updated.
The other websites are www.redditchhistory.org.uk, www.visitredditch.org.uk, and www.alcadhistory.org.uk.
The updated Redditch Walks website can be found at www.redditchwalks.org.uk.
I have already made some modifications with the previous sites I have updated due to some odd behaviour I have found, so, as always, please let me know if you experience any difficulties so that I can make any modifications which are required.